Defence Minister presents new rifle to Rangers: suggests new planes are in the works

JTFN Commander Carpentier, Defense Minister Sajjan and NWT MP Michael McLeod addressing officers and media on Monday. (Josh Campbell-CKLB photo)

The First Canadian Ranger Patrol Group and 440 Squadron got a visit from Canada’s Defence Minister and Member of Parliament on Monday afternoon, at the Department of National Defence hanger on Bristol Lane.

Harjit Sajjan formally presented the new .308 rifle to the commanders of the Canadian Ranger Patrol Group with NWT MP Michael McLeod.

The new rifle has been 3 years in the works, replacing the iconic .303 Lee Enfield Rifle which has been in use since the first World War.

Sajjan also announced plans for a new aircraft to replace the aging 1970’s Twin Otter, which 440 Squadron flies and operates in the North.

One of 440 Squadron’s Twin Otters.

 

No name or type of aircraft or timeline was offered, other than that the Twin Otters will be in service until at least 2025.

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Josh Campbell
Campbell is back as the host of the new CKLB Morning show the Breakfast Club. Before moving north in 2007, he graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program.

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